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144 - Three Handy Web Site Addresses To Save

There are some services available on the Internet which most people will need at least once in a while. This week's tip is just to let you know about three that I find useful. Since I don't use these every day, I save them someplace really obvious, such as on my "Links" toolbar. If you happened to miss the tip about how that toolbar works, go read tip #139 for a refresher. Just to remind you, my old tips are all found on my web site, for future reference. Go to www.csg-colorado.com, scroll to the bottom of any page on the web site, and click on "Computer Tips Revisited".

Three Useful Internet Addresses

Acronyms -
This site (http://www.acronymfinder.com/) will look up any acronym you happen to run across. It isn't specific to computer terms or any other particular industry. If there is more then one known use for the acronym, it lists them all. You will be surprised at how many acronyms have multiple definitions, demonstrating once again that rather than improving communication, acronyms frequently hinder clear communication. (Sorry - it's a pet peeve of mine).

Dictionary -
Actually, this site (http://www.onelook.com/) will look up a word you type in multiple dictionaries. It gives you a list of where it found the word. You just click on the one(s) you prefer. All the major dictionaries are represented (Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, Cambridge International, etc.), as well as some you probably haven't ever heard of. There's an interesting one too. In case you'd like some historical perspective on a word, they include Webster's 1828 Dictionary.

Thesaurus -
Here again, the major contributors are all represented. The site url is:    http://www.thesaurus.com/
Here's an actual sample to illustrate what you will find here. I looked up the word "fruitful" and got back 19 entries including this:

Entry: fruitful
Function: adjective
Definition: productive

abounding, abundant, advantageous, beneficial, blooming, blossoming, breeding, childing, conducive, copious, effective, fecund, fertile, flourishing, flush, fructiferous, gainful, plenteous, plentiful, profitable, profuse, proliferant, prolific, propagating, reproducing, rewarding, rich, spawning, successful, useful, well-spent, worthwhile
Concept: producing
Source: Roget's Interactive Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.0.0)
Copyright 2003 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

There are probably millions of sites already available on the Internet, most of which serve relatively narrow audiences. We all need these three from time to time. Just thought I'd let you know where to find them.

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